2016 HONDA CIVIC EX-T SEDAN 4D

Price: $18,995

Year 2016

Make HONDA

Model CIVIC

Trim EX-T SEDAN 4D

Drivetrain FWD

Transmission AUTOMATIC

Engine 4-CYL, TURBO, 1.5 LITER

Mileage 99,932

Doors 4

Exterior Color WHITE

Interior Color GREY

VIN 19XFC1F30GE003880

Stock No. 5008

Vehicle Equipment

Vehicle Description

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Honda's track record for styling over the past decade has had its blots. From the Crosstour to the Ridgeline, its least attractive shapes were worthy of a wince; even the best efforts couldn't match some of the evocative lines from America and South Korea.

That's changing quickly, as Honda seems to have grasped how great styling is the most effective wrapper for great engineering. The latest Accord is the same, but detailed to accentuate its good proportions; the new Pilot SUV looks effortlessly handsome, the polar opposite of its boxy predecessor.

Now with the Civic, Honda's chucked what had been a design deeply compromised by a high driving position and a strange two-tier dashboard. A new body structure has yielded a pretty, elegant new shape that wouldn't look out of place in an Acura showroom. 

The Civic is now one of the best-drawn, sleekest, most appealing shapes on the road. At the nose, there's a strong band of chrome that brackets the grille and headlamps and knits them together. It's not alone, though. There are slits, intakes, creases, not to mention a bevy of textures and colors—black, metallic, and body-color trim. It's more formal, more busy in appearance than the simpler deep-set grille on, say, the new HR-V hatchback. Down the side, the Civic's big wheel wells intersect with steeply surfaced sills; at the rear, the lovely roofline tapers into another set of bracketed lamps that really masks the fact that the Civic is a sedan, not a hatchback.

The base Civic gets its power from a new 2.0-liter inline-4 rated at 158 horsepower and 138 pound-feet of torque. Available in LX or EX trim, it delivers its power to the front wheels through a 6-speed manual transmission or an available continuously variable transmission (CVT), which has been carried over from the last-generation Civic. Though it's a brand-new engine design, it feels familiar. Power output is similar to that delivered by a base Mazda 3 or Hyundai Elantra—it's more than adequate for commuter use, and it's delivered in an unobtrusive and unexciting way.

The CVT in the base engine is carried over from last year's Civic, with just a wider span in its ratios. Nothing has changed the way it feels—CVTs use pulleys and a belt to provide an infinite number of transmission ratios, unlike the set gears of a conventional automatic. Accelerating via a CVT means wading through a slurry of gear-ratio changes, and usually brings with it lots of engine noise and an imprecise feel. Honda's CVT seems to be a bit quicker and quieter at its job than some, but we've enjoyed driving some CVTs that come with paddle shift controls and a range of programmed set points that simulate automatic transmission gears. The Honda CVT has neither of those—at least, the sedan doesn't. In the end, the superlative 35-mpg combined EPA ratings are a worthwhile trade-off.

The Civic has grown up in all sorts of ways with its 2016 reinvention, but it's also grown out of its old duds. By some measures, it's no longer a compact car, but a mid-sizer along with the likes of the VW Jetta, Dodge Dart and Chrysler 200—though it's also still a close rival for cars like the Ford Focus and Mazda 3.

Though it's grown by 2.9 inches in overall length, and 1.9 inches in width, the new Civic actually weighs less than the outgoing model, thanks to the use of lots of high-strength steel. It checks in at between 2,800 and almost 3,000 pounds depending on the model.

By the numbers, the Civic is 182.3 inches long; 70.8 inches wide; and 55.7 inches tall, about 0.8 inches lower than the previous version. The proportions have changed within that bigger envelope—hood and cowl height have dropped 1.6 inches, front overhang is down 1.2 inches, the trunk is 3 inches longer, and trunk space is up to 15.1 cubic feet from 12.3.

*This vehicle is Certified Pre-Owned and is eligible for our third party warranty program. 


 

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